Rebney: Tito will probably be 30-35 pounds heavier than Shlemenko


Bellator's initial foray into PPV was canceled after former UFC light heavyweight champion Tito Ortiz broke his neck in practice, scuttling the main event vs. Quinton "Rampage" Jackson. Now they are trying it again on May 17, with Tito third on the card.

This time, Ortiz is matched up with Bellator middleweight champion Alexander Shlemenko. In the early days of the sport, weight disparities were commonplace. In 1998, Daiju Takase beat Manny Yarborough despite begin outweighed by 417 pounds. However, while there are a handful of competitors including Chael Sonnen, Dan Henderson, and Vitor Belfort who can fight in two divisions, a champion at 185 fighting at 205 is highly unusual.

Bellator founder and CEO Bjorn Rebney recently appeared on the Sherdog Radio Network’s “Beatdown” show to discuss the fight, and says by the time they step in the cage, the weight difference will not be 20 pounds, it will be 30 pounds, or more. Given that the Mississippi Athletic Commission may be looking very carefully at Shlemenko fighting up a division, discussion of further size differences may be impolitic.

“It’s 20 pounds on paper, but legitimately, Shlemenko walks around at 190," said  Rebney. "He’s a guy who cuts four pounds, who stops eating big meals a day and a half before the fight to cut four pounds of water weight to make 185. He’s a typical Eastern European fighter who’s not interested in the cut. By the time that fight goes into the cage, you’re probably looking at a 30-, 35-pound weight disparity between Tito and Alexander. I think that’s what gives a lot of the punch behind that big fight that we’ve got coming up in May.”

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tags: Bellator   Bjorn Rebney   Tito Ortiz (detail)  Alexander Shlemenko   


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JimmersonzGlove site profile image  

5/6/14 3:26 PM by JimmersonzGlove

Shlemenko by spinning back liver punch

Steve4192 site profile image  

5/6/14 3:09 PM by Steve4192

It makes about as much sense as Matt Hughes versus Royce Gracie, and that was a huge financial success for Zuffa (one of their first BIG successes in the post-TUF era).

HeHitsMeBecauseHeLovesMe site profile image  

5/6/14 12:37 PM by HeHitsMeBecauseHeLovesMe


Nexuscrawlers site profile image  

5/6/14 8:23 AM by Nexuscrawlers

It doesn't need to be a work for Shlemenko to retire him.

pidgey site profile image  

5/6/14 8:13 AM by pidgey

Id love to see Shlemenko in the UFC at 170, if he really fights at 190, a cut to 170 should be a joke.

cfv site profile image  

5/6/14 12:31 AM by cfv

I think I wouldn't be surprised

duckhuntgangsta site profile image  

5/6/14 12:10 AM by duckhuntgangsta

It's not hard to guess when you pay one guy to lose.    Tito will retire after this match, mark my words. 

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5/6/14 12:09 AM by duckhuntgangsta

Ben Askren did and with good reason. Consider:   Viacom regrets doing business with Tito as he took a signing bonus, killed thier first PPV, and has basically been taking up space ever since.    Shlemenko, thier four time defending middleweight champ, is largely unknown and not the draw he could be based on his solid performances in the cage.    BFC has nothing to gain by letting Tito beat thier champ because they don't want to be in the Tito business. There is some type of back door deal going on and Tito is getting paid to be a name for Shlemenko to build off of.    Shlemenko KO in the second round.    BFC, for as long as they have done everything right, is doing everything wrong. They will be gone in the not so distant future. 

FinestScotch site profile image  

5/6/14 12:02 AM by FinestScotch

Rebney just isn't smartThis is a complete loss situation if Tito winsnot that it matters, they'll match him against Rampage eventually and he will be annihilated

cfv site profile image  

5/6/14 12:01 AM by cfv

rebney knows shlemenko will win.